Kathleen- Naturally Glam Hair Idol

Meet Kathleen... her advice for healthy, gorgeous hair? Be patient!


CN: How long have you been natural?
I've been natural since August 7, 2008.

CN: Were you a long term or short term transitioner, and why?

I was a long term transitioner. At first, I was blow drying my hair and using a curling iron to bump the ends but as my new growth emerged the shedding increased and the relaxed portion of my hair was looking very thin. So I started doing rod sets and would cut off a little bit of the relaxed hair each time I washed. By March of 2009, I was fully natural! I started trying out twists later that year in December.


CN: What is your current regimen?
After a lot of trial and error, I've settled into a pretty good regimen. My goal was to use the fewest number of products possible to get the best results (one of the reasons I went natural was to simplify my hair care routine). So I wash with Giovanni Tea Tree Triple Treat Shampoo, condition/deep condition with Oyin Honey Hemp Conditioner and olive oil and moisturize with a mixture of Oyin Whipped Pudding, Qhemet Amla Nourishing Pomade and aloe vera gel. That's it!

CN: How do you maintain Length? Moisture?
I've been keeping my two-strand twists in longer - either pinned back or worn as an updo and I moisturize every couple of days with the Whipped Pudding/Amla Pomade/aloe vera gel mixture.

CN: Night time routine?
I wear a silk bonnet to bed - it really keeps my hair from getting dry.

CN: What would you tell a new natural, or transitioning diva?

Be patient and really get to know your hair. Be patient when you're styling your hair. When trying products, give them a chance to work. What works for one may not work for all.



CN: What's the best thing about being naturally glamorous?

Having healthy hair and not freaking out in the morning if the forecast calls for rain!!! :)

CN: Anything else you want to add?

Once you become comfortable with having natural hair, enjoy all the styling options you have. But the best part of it all is knowing that you've made a healthy choice for your body.

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Anonymous said...

Love your twist outs! ~KF519

HairPolitik said...

Luv your twist outs! So beautiful. Definitely something to aspire to! Thanks for this. :-)

kea::curls said...

wow! all around beautiful hair :)

Tina said...

Wow Kathleen, your twist-outs are gorgeous!! I also like that you have a very simple hair routine w/ limited variety of products. I cannot wait to nail down my staples.

Luna said...

Loooooove!!

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Anonymous said...

Love it!!!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful!
Now, is it just me or does she have flawless skin too? :)

Anonymous said...

i loveeee that 1st pic

keishabradford2006 said...

beautiful hair. love the texture and the way it looks when wearing a twist out. I can't wait until I am fully natural and my hair grows out to that length.

Anonymous said...

Love the blue/black hair color

Anonymous said...

I love your twist out! What did you use to achieve this look?

Kathleen said...

Hi Jamie1913,

The moisturizer I use gives me a pretty good twist-out: I take equal parts of Oyin Whipped Pudding & Qhemet Amla Nourishing Pomade, about 3 teaspoons of organic aloe vera gel and mix it together until smooth and add a few drops of jojoba or coconut oil - whichever I have on hand. I add a little more of the Amla Pomade when I get to the end of the twist so it won't unravel. I re-moisturize with this mixture every couple of days.

Sabrina said...

Yes your hair looks so moist and juicy, and I really love the black in your hair. Those are the best 2 strand twist out ever that I have come across. I have my hair currently in a puff with a side piece done with 1 flat twist. I will put my hair into 2 strand twists and leave it in for this week. I've got to get my moisture retention back into my hair. But you are definitely working the hairstyle, and I like that you keep it simple and this works best for you.

Kathleen said...

Wow! Thank you HairPolitik, Kea::curls, Tina, Luna, keishabradford2006, Jaime1913, Sabrina and all the "Anonymous" posters!!! You've all made my day....CurlyNikki and others I could mention have been my hair idols and have gotten me through the past 2 years - I'm just so humbled to be on here and even more humbled by all your thoughtful and supportive comments!!! Hugs to all of you!!!

Mariposa said...

Wow...her twist out's are just-WOW.

Anonymous said...

Hey, I know her!! I always admired her beautiful twist outs!

Anonymous said...

Wow, the definition in those twists out have got me staring!

Anonymous said...

Luverly... and naturally glamorous! :)

MJ said...

She's beautiful! Great twists, too!

Susan said...

Girl you are just beautiful! That black and white pice of you with the updo - beautiful woman. (Of course love the hair too!)

Kathleen said...

Thank you MJ, Susan and the additional "Anonymous" posters!!!! You all have made my week :)

Sherita said...

OOOO your hair is awesome!

LCB said...

Your hair is FIYAH!!!!!!! I've been natural 3 months (did the big cut) but my hair is soooo tightly curled I don't think I'll ever be able to do twists :o/

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